Tenakee honors veterans both young and old

Photo Courtesy of Cathy MuñozMaj. Michael Holt holds a coho salmon he caught in Tenakee Inlet on Aug. 12. Eight veterans, including Holt, spent time on a fishing trip sponsored by the community of Tenakee as part of that community honoring their service.

The community of Tenakee recently honored Juneau veterans who have served in wars that followed the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon and Pennsylvania.


Joining Tenakee residents and local veterans for a fishing trip in Tenakee Inlet were Maj. Kyle Holt and Staff Sgt. Michael Manson, active-duty members of the Alaska Army National Guard, and Staff Sgt. James Zuelow and Sgt. Rebecca Manson, reservists with the Alaska Army National Guard.

Holt served in Afghanistan, Zuelow spent time in Afghanistan and Iraq, Michael Manson was deployed to Kuwait, and his wife Rebecca served in Iraq.

The four sailed to Tenakee aboard the state ferry LeConte on Aug. 12 with Holt’s wife, Tiffany, and Zuelow’s children, Calvin and Josephine. Early the next morning, they took off with eight Tenakee veterans on four boats. With the sun shining and the cohos biting, they returned to the dock by noon with all the fish they wanted.

The Tenakee Business Association and the community held a dinner and reception that evening where the visiting veterans, along with Tenakee veterans, were honored for their service. The oldest veteran present was Rie Muñoz who served in 1944 as a corporal in the Women’s Army Corps. They all enjoyed home-cooked meals as well as some of that day’s catch.

The community of Tenakee, Tuck Harry of Fishing Bear Charters, Juneau Rep. Cathy Muñoz, the Tenakee Lodge, and others helped organize the event. Skippers and crew included Tracy Rivera, Wally and Brad Roman, Dan Martin, Tuck Harry, and Chris Jacobsen.


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